Tennessee Williams and "The Glass Menagerie" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Tennessee Williams and "The Glass Menagerie"
Looks at the how Tennessee Williams' life paralleled his play "The Glass Menagerie".
# 33644 | 2,650 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 05, 2003 in Drama and Theater (American) , Literature (American)

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This paper discusses the life of Tennessee Williams and goes on to show how the theme and social setting of the play "The Glass Menagerie" is connected in an intensely personal and fundamental way to Williams' own experiences and philosophies of life. The paper highlights the parallels between the Williams family and the Wingfields and suggests that perhaps Tennessee Williams' greatest gift is his deep understanding of and compassion for the human condition, and his unmatched ability to convey his empathy for humanity through some of the most beautiful language ever spoken on a stage.

From the Paper:

"The Glass Menagerie was first performed on the stage in 1944, had a very successful initial run in Chicago after a shaky start, and appeared for the first time on Broadway in New York City in 1945. Containing numerous autobiographical elements from both his early days growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as from his family's past in Mississippi, this "memory play" about Williams, his overbearing mother and his socially challenged sister, was destined to become a classic of the American theater, and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award as the best play of the 1945 Broadway theater season. (Hayman)
"With the success of this magnificent play about the negative impact that conventional society can have upon sensitive nonconformist individuals, Tennessee Williams, at the relatively young age of thirty-four, won well-deserved national fame, praise, and recognition, and established himself as the greatest Southern playwright in American literary history."

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